Faith-based Senior Living Rooted in the History of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph
Our not-for-profit, faith-based retirement community is steeped in history. On her way to Arizona in 1883, Mother Stanislaus Leary of Rochester, NY, stopped in the grassy plains of Kansas. Through the encouragement of Bishop Louis Mary Fink, Order of St. Benedict In Leavenworth, Mother Stanislaus spread kindness and faith in Newton and, later, in Concordia, KS, where she established a motherhouse.
Sisters from across the country came to join the new congregation in Concordia, and the congregation grew. Sister Bernard Sheridan of the Erie, PA, congregation joined Mother Stanislaus in Kansas, and began dedicating her time to teaching school children in the St. Andrew parochial school and building a new academy in Abilene, KS.
By 1900, Sister Bernard, now Mother Bernard, officially accepted the deed to our sacred grounds on March 25, 1900. This was the fourth motherhouse of the congregation, and would become its permanent home.
In 1950, the congregation responded to the need for medical services in Kyoto, Japan. Inspired by their journey, three Sisters began a mission to nurture the spirituality of those in their community and beyond. Their mission now sponsors a kindergarten, day nursery, medical services for seniors, a disabled children’s hospital and special education school.
In 2007, the founding congregation in Wichita joined with our six other communities to form the Congregation of St. Joseph. Today, our religious retirement community has flourished into a peaceful and vibrant home for older adults who want to continue making a difference in the world and add their gift to our heritage of faith. In August of 2020, Mount St. Mary began inviting friends and neighbors of the Wichita community to come live at the center.
If you’d like to learn more about our culture, our community, or our mission, we’d love to start the conversation with you. Call us at 316-251-7278 to schedule your personal appointment with us today.